|Forum topic by Purrmaster||posted 02-03-2013 12:36 AM||3551 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
02-03-2013 12:36 AM
I’m planning on making a small chest out of aromatic cedar. The traditional cedar chest. After searching the forums I’m seeing conflicting information on what to do with cedar chests.
The question is: should I use any finish at all on it? I want to preserve the cedar scent. And I doubt it’s going to get banged up a lot.
On the other hand, I’m uncomfortable with not putting any finish at all on a project. And cedar is fairly soft stuff. I’m assuming that any kind of finish I put on the wood is going to seal up the wood scent. Even if I just do the outside. On the other, other hand I have a mild concern that the cedar scent will be too strong and perhaps objectionable.
So what are your experiences? Is it ok to leave it unfinished? Should I finish just the outside if I do finish it?
If I do use a finish I’m leaning towards using shellac.